Trans fats are one of those hot topics that no one disputes, which is rare. They’re bad for you, and everyone agrees with that. No one has dissenting opinions – it’s universally accepted that trans fats contribute to a variety of health issues, including heart trouble, cholesterol issues, weight problems and therefore it boosts the risk of breast cancer as well.
Why Trans Fats Likely Contribute to Breast Cancer
Trans fats make you fat. Period. If your diet consists of a lot of this type of fat, which tastes great but leaves you wanting more and more and tends to not stick with you like real, whole fats such as omega 3 rich fats, then you are likely going to be either heavy or downright obese.
I’ve eaten foods with trans fats, which are mostly processed foods or prepackaged foods that I didn’t necessarily know had these fats in them before they got so well-known. I can tell you that they didn’t fill me up, and set me on a path of destruction for the rest of the day, throwing my diet off and making me hungry and crave-y all day long!
That’s what they do – they set you up for overeating because they taste good but they don’t have any actual nutritional value so they don’t satiate your appetite. Your body is smart. It knows when it needs real nutrition, so it keeps asking you to feed it more food, and you essentially end up overeating because these are not designed to fill you up.
Breast cancer is fueled by obesity and excess body fat. Sure, skinny people can get breast cancer too, but obesity and excessive body fat, or a high BMI as it it termed today, is a huge risk factor for breast cancer. This is because excess body fat store excessive levels of breast cancer fueling estrogens.
Women who have excessive estrogens in their blood stream and body tend to be more likely to develop breast cancer since many times it is a hormonally fueled cancer. This is why trans fats should be avoided in general, especially by women. And especially by women with a higher family linked risk of breast cancer.
Hormones are directly linked to body weight. When you gain a lot of weight, your body’d hormonal balance is often thrown off, and hormonal balance is a vital part of breast cancer prevention. This is why there is such an emphasis put on a healthy diet full of fiber and blood sugar balancing foods instead of processed foods. These foods all contribute to healthy levels of hormones.
So the fact that the FDA is now mulling an outright ban on trans fats may actually be a good thing for people. I’m usually against the FDA outright controlling what we eat, but this may be a good way to make food companies take these dangerous fats out of their foods. We’ll see what happens, but food companies are already trying to take these fats out, so it’s a step in the right direction.